Head of Production

San Francisco, California, United States Full-time

Who We Are:

We are Sister, Mekanism’s make it happen Production company and studio.  

We are Mekanism.

Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle, we serve as collaborative business partners with some of the world’s best brands, including Ben & Jerry’s, HBO, MillerCoors, Peloton, Facebook, Charles Schwab and Alaska Airlines. Our creative approach to brand building is best described as “The Soul & Science of Storytelling”: Communicating a brand’s purpose with ideas informed by data and rooted in human truths.

Mekanism has been named to Ad Age’s “Agency A List” and twice to their “Best Places to Work”. We have also been listed on Creativity’s “The Creative 50” and have been recognized by Effie as one of the “Most Effective Independent Agencies”. We have been profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company and ABC’s Nightline. Mekanism’s campaigns have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School.

We take great pride in making unconventional campaigns for brands in conventional categories.  Our patented blend of storytelling for emerging media takes a small army of Mekanistas to pull off.  What is a Mekanista you ask? Being a Mekanista requires a rare combination of being a strange, wonderful and talented person who enjoys coffee, Ping-Pong and impromptu rooftop jam and workout sessions.  We are smart, strange, wonderful folks that brave our contentious and often spirited brainstorming sessions to make advertising magic.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Work closely with the Executive Producer on oversight of all Sister personnel and production Matters
  • Use your entrepreneurial spirit to partner with EP in building new core capabilities and training/growing the team in support of generating new business opportunities
  • Oversee team of staff producers and in-house creative resources (editors, animators, DPs, directors)
  • Quickly generate detailed AICP/AICE bids and schedules for live action and post production
  • Handle, with support from line producers, BA-related production matters including insurance, clearances, talent contracts, union relationships. Know how to read a contract and flag issues.
  • Manage overall production calendar including producers’ scheduling of in-house personnel resources and ensure team members are best utilized
  • Participate in scoping exercises with Mekanism agency teams and outside filmmakers, as well as for direct to client new business pitches
  • Staff up projects quickly by sourcing and onboarding vendors and freelance resources, often from your own network
  • Function as point of contact and oversight for producers throughout production and post, and ensure their deadlines are met. Intake and approve producers’ job wraps
  • Manage general project performance (client satisfaction, production spend/actuals, producer performance, etc.)
  • Be a nexus of communication between Mekanism creatives and brand management and Sister production
  • Optimize internal processes in coordination with Executive Producer


  • 7+ years of experience at a production company or ad agency, or as a working freelance producer; at least 2 years as a senior producer or HOP
  • Must have deep proficiency in live action production & post production, including animation; ideally including some integrated/experiential work
  • Strong understanding of production business affairs such as client contracts, insurance, labor law, clearances, talent, union rules
  • Experience producing content at a wide range of budget levels including low-budget
  • A proven track record of managing complex projects from bid through delivery
  • Immensely resourceful critical thinker with the ability to process complex information and varying demands and come up with creative solutions
  • Great relationships and resources with crew vendors across production and post
  • Lives and breathes organization and systems and has a sharp eye for detail
  • Strong leadership skills, comfortable managing a team of producers and many projects simultaneously
  • Grace under pressure; a team player; down to jump in and get your hands dirty to solve a problem
  • Interest in emerging media, leading edge tech, and data-driven storytelling

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